Southeast Asian Studies Major

Southeast Asian Studies is a program that focuses on the history, society, politics, culture, and economics of one or more of the peoples of Southeast Asia, defined as including Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, The Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Viet Nam; related borderlands and island groups; and including the study of migration patterns and overseas diasporas.

Southeast Asian Studies major and degree programs likely have required and elective courses that may vary considerably among institutions.  Generally, there will be emphasis on culture, with many courses in sociology, anthropology, religious studies, and the arts. 

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Search for colleges that offer a degree in Southeast Asian Studies (use the College Search feature and enter " Southeast Asian Studies " in the major search field). Read the school’s department pages, they are often loaded with useful and specific information about the field.

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What can you do with a major/degree in Southeast Asian Studies?

A degree in this field offers students the opportunity to launch careers in sectors ranging from diplomacy, defense, economics, world cultures, human rights, global politics, world health, or international business.

Trade Associations and Professional Organizations in Southeast Asian Studies:

Professional associations are groups of specialists dedicated to topics in particular fields. Professional associations provide a wealth of online resources, some of which are geared specifically towards students. These organizations typically also host conferences and events, providing great opportunities for learning and networking across your field of interest.

Publications/Magazines in Southeast Asian Studies: